Gothenburg's hottest restaurants
Updated 13 Jan 2022
New restaurants pop up in Gothenburg the whole time and it's not easy staying up to date with everything, especially if you're just passing through the city. To help keep you in the know, we've created a guide to Gothenburg's hottest restaurants right now. You'll find everything from trendy food trucks and sceney bars to hip fusion concepts and creative Michelin restaurants - quite simply, the places everyone's talking about at the moment. The guide is updated regularly so you're kept in the loop. This is our guide to trendy restaurants in Gothenburg.
TavoloMagasinsgatan 19, Centrum
Götaplatsgruppen, who run several famous and successful restaurants in Gothenburg, are also behind this popular Italian on Magasingatan. Housed in a former artillery stable building, Tavolo's menu includes various pasta dishes, pizzas and classic starters such as burrata with tomato and buffalo mozzarella with ciabatta. As you enter the restaurant your gaze immediately falls on the 6800 kilo sculpture of a horse head, a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Cavallo di Forcione.
As innovative as it is popular
Toso has been around for some time now and they've managed to pull off the major trick of remaining as relevant and exciting now as when they opened. This Pan-Asian restaurant on Götaplatsen is usually packed and it's a good idea to book well in advance. The kitchen works with local ingredients and Asian flavours, a fusion concept they pull off extremely well.
Brasserie XGöteborgsvägen 91
The grand Quality Hotel The Weaver and its hotel restaurant, Brasserie X, are in Mölndal just south of the cty. They've created a welcoming, modern brasserie for tourists and locals of all ages. French culinary influences take centre stage, combined with local ingredients and a Nordic touch.
The ParlourKungsportsavenyen 2, Centrum
Gothenburg's only Nikkei restaurant
Drop by The Parlour on Avenyn for an unparalleled flavour experience. The kitchen conjures up exciting Japanese/Peruvian fusion dishes - a cuisine known as Nikkei - and you can choose from dishes such as ceviches, tacos, spring rolls, dumplings and raw food, ideal for sharing with your table. The cocktail lounge serves perfectly blended cocktails that reflect the place's cosmopolitan vibe.
BoulebarRosenlundsgatan 8, Centrum
Boulebar has created Provencale park vibes indoors with a restaurant, bar and boules lanes where you can challenge your group to the French national sport. Tuck into southern French bistro food, brunch and bubbles, and hire one of Boulebar's boules geeks to give you some tips. During the summer months Boulebar open up their outdoor lanes.
Södra LarmSödra Larmgatan 9, Centrum
French hotel bistro with Nordic influences
Södra Larm bistro, within the Hotel Flora, combines the best of French, international and Nordic cuisine. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner - come by any day of the week for any meal, or skip the food and take a pew by the bar for something delicious to drink. This international bistro welcomes all kinds of groups, large and small, to their relaxed, welcoming oasis with a lively atmosphere.
VildaVasagatan 40, Centrum
Wild ingredients from Nordic nature
This fine-dining restaurant has created a unique gastronomic experience by cooking with local, sustainable and wild ingredients from nature. Tuck into their tasting menu or visit the wine bar where they serve à la carte dishes. Both menus reflect the distinct Nordic seasons - winter, spring, summer and autumn.
FamiljenArkivgatan 7, Centrum
Popular and unpretentious
Familjen's welcoming glow has made it a second living room for many regulars and it's an easy place to drop into whether you're after a drink, something simple to eat or a three-course gourmet meal. Simple is best, is the kitchen's motto. The Michelin Guide agrees, awarding Familjen their Bib Gourmand award for excellent food at reasonable prices. Lots of guests come for the cocktail menu, which includes playful elements such as "Burnt butter and apple" and "White chocolate and almond".
Ma CuisineKyrkogatan 32, Centrum
New management at well-known address
Ma Cuisine is well-known name on the Gothenburg restaurant scene and it's been at the same address next to the cathedral for more than 20 years. Since 2018, however, the restaurant has been run by a new team, albeit from within the same family, in an updated form. The charming, intimate atmosphere remains, while the menu and drinks list are constantly changing. Seasonal ingredients and Swedish nature provide culinary inspiration and the restaurant's dynamism and passion are tangible.
Brasserie PEklandagatan 51-53, Centrum/Johanneberg
Meeting place in the heart of town
Whether you're staying the night at the hotel or not, Brasserie P at the Quality Hotel Panorama functions as a lively meeting place in the heart of Gothenburg. Meet up in the light, airy dining room for dinner made with sustainable produce, round off the week with brunch or enjoy a post-work drink in the lounge bar or lobby.
Wine MechanicsLilla Waterloogatan 15
Popular hangout at Sweden's only urban winery
Sweden's first and only urban winery - Wine Mechanics - is in Gamlestan's Meatpacking district. As well as wine production there's also a winebar and restaurant, where the concept is modern comfort food - seasonal food that makes you feel right at home. There's a special bar menu in the bar, serving oysters and charcuterie alongside their own-produced wine.
OGBGSkeppsbroplatsen 1, Centrum
Asian fusion and rooftop bar
Asian flavours with a contemporary twist are the order of the day at popular OGBG. Velvet sofas and modern murals give the restaurant an international buzz. According to The Rooftop Guide the bar, TaKeT, with its panoramic views over the entrance to Gothenburg harbour, is the best roofbar in the world.
MonopoletKämpegatan 4, Centrum/Gullbergsvass
Luxurious streetfood and local beer
After an extensive renovation, restaurateur Magnus Söderström's restaurant Monopolet is now housed in the what used to be the Swedish Wine and Sprits Monopoly's garage. Next-level streetfood pairs with locally-produced beers from the bar in rustic surroundings. Look out for pop-ups with exciting names.
Coco OrangerieLinnégatan 38, Linné
Lifestyle restaurant in Linné
Lifestyle restaurant Coco Orangerie on Linnégatan has a passion for both food and design. Share seasonal medium-sized dishes, eat lunch, sip cocktails or treat yourself to brunch with popular classcs. The stylish surroundings draw in groups of friends and families with children alike.
TeatergatanTeatergatan 20, Centrum
Brasserie with a party feel
The historic Valand building, which has been a party venue since 1886, has seen numerous parties over the years. After a major facelift, the modern brasserie Teatergatan is now a popular fixture in the building. The menu includes everything from oysters to grilled meat dishes and bon viveurs hang out at the bar to start the evening with a cocktail. The party atmosphere is deeply ingrained here.
Restaurang WaterfrontAdolf Edelsvärds Gata 10, Majorna
Housed in an old brewery
If you fancy mingling with international visitors and admiring the view over the Göta Älv river, don't miss the restaurant at the Quality Hotel Waterfront. The building used to a brewery and you can meet up these days over both food and a wide selection of porters and other beers.
AdamoSödra vägen 3, Centrum
Cocktails and medium-sized dishes
Perfectly blended cocktails meet medium-sized dishes and snacks at Adamo, a stone's throw from Avenyn. Sip traditional and innovative cocktails, accompanied by bar snacks from olives to oysters and caviar. Food maintains the same high standard as the drinks and is served in the form of medium-sized dishes and pizzas - perfect if you want to order a selection of dishes to share with your table.
NootÖstra Larmgatan 4, Centrum
Homecooking with a creative touch
You'll find Noot Nordik Kitchen inside the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, serving traditional Scandinavian dishes with its own modern touch. The menu includes meatballs made from wild boar, reindeer with blueberries and Swedish shiitake mushrooms, among other things. The restaurant is elegantly decorated in Scandinavian minimalist style with blonde wood and green plants.
Brisket & FriendsVallgatan 21, Centrum
Brisket & Friends have two restaurants in Stockholm and have now opened up their first restaurant in Gothenburg. Texas-inspired food takes centre stage and brisket is their signature dish. You can also choose from several American sides and vegetarian alternatives as well as a carefully-selected range of beers on tap. Drop by for lunch, dinner or a post-work drink with colleagues in their industrial premises on Victoriagården.
Atelier (Hotel Pigalle)Södra Hamngatan 2A, Centrum
Up on the fourth floor of the famous Hotel Pigalle is the hotel restaurant, Atelier. Velvet banquettes and chandeliers create a feeling of turn-of-the-last-century Parisian decadence. The cocktail list follows the same theme and the kitchen also takes its inspiration from France, although the ingredients they use come from local producers.
Mr LacOlivedalsgatan 12, Linné
Clubby lounge vibes at pan-Asian restaurant
Mr Lac has taken Gothenburg by storm with its street vibes and clubby feel. Their aim is to take guests on a thrilling sensory journey. Culinary and design inspiration comes from the major cities of Asian, with their lively streets, skyscrapers and 24/7 action. The menu at this hip Linné restaurant consists of favourite Asian dishes such as pad Thai and panang curry.
Unity JazzKyrkogatan 13, Centrum
The jazz club that finally found a home
If you're in the mood for jazz, Unity is the place to come. The jazz club, which used to be a travelling members' club, has now moved into Kale'i's former premises and opened up to anyone who wants to listen to some groovy jazz. Cheese fondue, whisky and jam nights are just a few of the delights on their events calendar.
Björns barViktoriagatan 12, Centrum/Vasa
Hidden paradise for hedonists
Björn Persson dreamt for many years of the perfect bar, serving everything that made life worth living. And that's just how many of its loyal regulars would describe Björns bar. Only ingredients of the finest quality make it into the kitchen and, as sister restaurant to the larger Koka restaurant, the bar gives its dishes creative, clever twists. Björn himself describes his bar as a "mecca for gourmets, hedonists and pleasure-seekers".